Mom hurt her back- painkillers worse!

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fallenangell
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   Posted 7/13/2007 9:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Mom fell and has a compression fracture in her lower back. She has had alzheimers for a while now but has been doing well so far. Short term and long term memory not so good but still functioning, walking, talking, interacting, eating well etc
The pain is throwing her off a bit but i suspect the meds are throwing her off even more. She's also had a UTI (they gave her the wrong antibiotics twice now cause they didn't do a sensitivity test to see what drugs the bug is resistant to) and she's been constipated mainly cause of the first pain med they gave her (Darvocet) which was horrible. She just finished taking Percocet but i think this is having its own side effects.
She walks ok some of the time but gets really shaky (specially when first getting up)- almost like a Parkinson's tremor which then goes away when she starts walking. She's done this before when she had pheumonia and was weak- it was almost like she was afraid to walk and got really shaky (she had also done it after she had fallen a previous time but it only lasted a couple days)
I have spent the last three weeks mainly at home during the day (my work lets me work nights and thank god is very flexible) but i'm getting seriously burned out. Its more frustration than anything else. After the Darvocet we had to rush her to the ER cause she was out of breath, clammy, sweating, and zoned out- we thought she either had had a stroke or a heart issue. It was the meds. She still gets out of breath however and her pulse goes to 110-113 when she goes on a short walk and no one has told me why? They checked her head for bleeding and her lungs and heart and everything was ok. I'm not sure if its the meds that are making her shaky and out of breath (and behaving kinda weird), the UTI, or if something else is going on- very frustrating cause she won't tell you exactly how she's feeling. There are times she will sit on the recliner (when i put her back her back doesn't hurt as much) and just moan :(
Does anyone have any advice about this? What i could check? i'm getting her an appt with a neurologist and her vascular doc (even tho they did tests in the ER for heart etc) but other than that i'm at a dead end right now. I just want her to get back to her baseline :(
Thanks for any help.

minmark
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   Posted 7/13/2007 11:44 AM (GMT -7)   
I would suggest that your mom must have a urinalysis to know if she has UTI and to know the appropriate antibiotics for her. UTI cause confusion, agitation, tremors like what you mentioned
and back pain too. Hope your mom will feel better...
 
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Howlyncat
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   Posted 7/14/2007 6:28 AM (GMT -7)   
I toally agree with mm here please have the proper test done for UTI's and it will help with pain
Percoet is DEFINATELY not a good drug for AD ppl and there is milder ones such as tylenol # 2 or even extra strenghth Tylenol as when she has proper antibiotics as mm posted her back pain will subside

Please do keep us posted hun

My heart thoughts and prayers are with you ........

Luvs
LYn


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fallenangell
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   Posted 7/16/2007 4:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you for all your suggestions.
She did have a UTI like they had told me originally but they treated it twice with the wrong antibiotic. They kept her in the hospital and are treating it more aggressively. She was dehydrated even tho i was chasing her around with water etc. The painkillers caused most of that.
She seemed better when i went in to see her yesterday. NO more gaping mouth open or garbled speech. She's still tired though.
I was originally upset at the doc in the ER (before she got admitted) who wanted to blame ALL her symptoms on the alzheimers. When i asked about her shaky walking he said: "well that happens and she won't be able to do what she did before". I was like......... this JUST started and something is causing it- its not her baseline at all. I also tried to explain she doesn't normally look catatonic but until the tests came back (that showed her electrolytes were all out of whack cause of the dehydration and that the UTI was still there etc) i don't think he really was listening to me.
HOpefully she keeps improving and gets back to her baseline. She might have to go to rehab for her walking- usuallly that takes a little bit to come back after soomething like this.
Again thanks you guys :-)

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   Posted 7/16/2007 8:56 AM (GMT -7)   
I am glad she is doing much
Most doctors DO NOT listen to us or the person that is sick
It is great to have a doc .........like I do that will listen ......

When taking Mom to docs
I made him listen and HEAR what was being said
Plan of TX was for us to devise together and I WOULD have it NO OTHER WAY .......

This is the same now with dad as he goes thru all of what Mom did .......

Allot of times ER docs are visiting docs or really busy dont know the patients and dont go thru the total and proper Treament and cause plan of action

I am glad however that she will become much better now that she is being treated appropriately.....and the dehydration is being taken care of
THAT is not your fault you tried to get her to drink but once she reached a certain level of the Dehydration Nothing would have helped except the hospital hun so no blaming yourself

YOU are doing a great job

Heart thoughts and Prayers are with you and your Mom

God Bless

LYN
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